The panel put together by our finance minister two months back recommended that the clause of extension to non-parties of various bargaining councils be removed for small and medium enterprises. 

This recommendation would open the way for enormous job creation. This is not a new recommendation and one would have to look at the impact assessment of legislation passed since 1994, undertaken by a high-level panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe. He was appointed by the fifth parliament to conduct the impact assessment of the legislation and make recommendations. 

The panel recommended that people below a certain age, those who have been unemployed for a long time, people in rural areas and the disabled be employed without a company being required to pay a minimum wage on the same terms. 

Furthermore, the panel recommended that parliament amend the Labour Relations Act to remove the extension to non-parties clause or to prescribe that the extension to non-parties will not be applicable to small and medium enterprises.

It is sad to see the government itself is drafting these reports making the recommendations that are in turn being vetoed by the trade union movement and the Communist Party.

Is it not  time people looked at what is good for SA and not what is good for an interest group?

Michael Bagraim, MP, DA shadow spokesperson on labour

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